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    I want to run away but I don't have the courage I need to build my confidence to do it I don't know where I am going what I am doing for food or anything pretty much but I am planning on just taking what I can from home then bringing money to help me through all I need know is courage

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a bit about your situation.

    From what you included in your email, you mentioned that you’re experiencing physical abuse at home. It’s understandable that you’re wanting to get away from that environment. Home should always be a safe place for you to be, abuse is never okay and you don’t deserve that treatment. You are always able to report the abuse that you’re going through to CPS or staff at school. You’re not alone in this, we are here to help, and there are other organizations here to help as well. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. It may also be a good place to explore options for staying with someone you trust, as far as transferring custody.

    If you feel like getting out of the house is the best option and you decide to run away, we can help find runaway/youth shelters in your area, so you can stay safe. Don’t hesitate to call into our safeline so we can connect you with those resources. We’re not legal experts, but as far as we know you can’t be arrested for running away. If you tell the police that you’re being hurt at home they won’t return you home without investigating first

    We hope our response is helpful. Also, talking to school counselors and teachers about what’s going on at home could provide you with great support. You are not alone in this. You are always welcome to call into our 24/7 crisis center if you'd like to talk more about your situation.

    Be safe, NRS

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    i want to run away but im scared im getting abused punched in the face and they hit me in the face with a coffee mug because i talked out of turn in school i have people who will take me but it takes them 3 hours to get here

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  • ccsmod5
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    Thanks so much for your message. It sounds like you’re having a really difficult time at home and it’s brave of you to reach out.

    It sounds like you are having a hard time connecting with your mom since she married your stepdad. It must be frustrating to feel like your mom doesn’t understand what’s going on inside your head. You might consider reaching out to a therapist or a guidance counselor to help you both communicate with one another and share how you’ve been feeling. Here at NRS, we also have a conference call service; if you are interested, one of our trained liners can facilitate a call between you and your mom, as well as advocate for you and your needs.

    You mention that you’ve been struggling with depression and sadness lately and that it’s been impacting your grades. Please know that you are not alone and that you deserve to feel happy in your home. While you’re going through this, you might consider letting your guidance counselor know what’s going on; sometimes teachers might be understanding and willing to compromise with you to get your grades up again. Again, you might consider confiding in a guidance counselor or a therapist. A great resource for locating a therapist in your area is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: 1-877-726-4727. Another resource is the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which can be helpful for people experiencing depression: 1-800-273-8255.

    Thanks so much for writing in. If you ever need to talk, our hotline is 24/7. Our number is 1-800-786-2929. We know it takes a lot of courage to ask for help, and you deserve to feel heard and loved. Best of luck to you.
    -NRS

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    I love my mom but hate my step dad. Ever since they got married it seemed like the loving and understanding mom is slowly going away. I want to run away because she hates my friends, saying that i hang around guys too much. Im a girl but i feel like girls always bring drama. Im very comfortable with my friends but my mom always has a problem. Also my grades arent that great cuz of my depression and sadness lately but she doesnt understand whats going on in my head. I want to just go be happy like i used to be. This place no longer feels like home

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  • ccsmod10
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    Hi there,

    It sounds like you’re going through a lot right now, so we’re glad you’re reaching out to us because we are here to help. You mentioned that you feel suicidal and that you don’t want to call a number. To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) has a number that you can text. You can text TWLOHA to 741-741. They offer free, 24/7 support from a trained counselor that can chat with you whenever you’re having suicidal thoughts.

    You also mentioned wanting to run away. We aren’t legal experts, but we do know that while running away is not illegal, but it is considered a status offense. That means that your parents could file a runaway report and any one that takes you in could be charged with ‘harboring a runaway.’ Have you thought about where you would be staying once you left home? Also, have you talked to your parents about wanting to leave home? Having parental permission could help avoid any legal matters that might come from running away.
    We know that you don’t want to call a number, but if that ever changes we are available to talk 24/7 at 1-800-786-2929. We could talk about your situation, what makes you want to leave home, and talk through some more options concerning running away.

    Be well, NRS

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    i wanna runaway a tiny bit of me feels like i'm suicidal. i want to but i love my parents. i don't know what to do. i don't wanna call a stupid number, i just want help.

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  • ccsmod16
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    Hi there,

    Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. It sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now. It sounds like you’re fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things don’t change. Your safety and well-being is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services.

    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. This may be an isolating and lonely time for you, but you are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.

    If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon. Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    We hope to hear from you soon.

    Be safe and stay strong,
    NRS

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    I have been wanting to run away for a very long time because my brother expects me to do all the cleaning in the house and when I don't he hurts me. My sister instagater fights so I will get in trouble for something she did and she blames everything on me. My mom is completely unfair to me and always makes me tell her things I don't want to, like why I am crying or something like that. I have even considered suicide but I have a best friend and a boyfriend I love dearly. I just don't have the courage to run away because the cops would be involved and I would get into serious trouble.
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  • ccsmod7
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    Re: Running away

    Hello there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like your parents put a lot of responsibility on you. It must be really stressful having to take care of the baby in addition to everything else you have going on. It’s good that you are reaching out for help.

    If you left home without permission, your parents could file a runaway report with the police. If are reported as a runaway it’s typically just a status offense; however, sometimes people helping runaways are at risk for charges such as harboring a runaway or crossing state lines with a minor. These charges are often just misdemeanors, but might be something to explore if you or whoever you would be staying with are concerned.

    There's definitely a lot to think about when running, like who you would stay with, how you would get there, how you would enroll in school, and how you would pay for things. We are happy to discuss with you some safe options specific to your situation if you decide to call or chat with us.

    We hope this information is helpful.

    Best,
    NRS

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    Running away

    I been wanting to run away ever since I was 9 but I can't get the courage and the reason I want to is because every one is always teaming up on me and I'm watching the baby the second I get home then I go right to chores I don't get time to relax and I can't even sleep in because there always wanting me to wake up really early to make the baby breakfast because she always wakes up early and my parents are up but they just don't want to do it

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  • ccsmod7
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    Hello Katster -

    Thank you so much for your words of support. Sometimes it really helps to know that others have dealt with similar situations and that you are not alone. We appreciate you posting and sharing your thoughts and concerns. Take care.

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    Guest replied
    Hey,

    Running away can be a terrifying decision. As a youth, we all experience feelings of anger, hate, confusion and sometimes even feelings of not belonging. These feelings are completely acceptable; everything you are feeling is okay. Talking to your Mom maybe be the solution to a healthy relationship, communication is really important in any relationships you have, family or not. It may also be worth your time to speak to a counselor at school or a teacher that you trust, about how you are feeling. Often, teachers and counselors, are able to provide insight as they have probably met your Mom and understand the combination of personalities in the home. Don't be scared to say how you feel.

    If you do make the decision to run, ensure that you are fully capable of caring for yourself and your needs. Do not go with anyone you do not trust. The only person you have to answer to about your decisions is yourself. Be prideful in who you are, but do not be impulsive.

    I hope you can work it all out. Many teenagers, myself included, have been in your position.

    Wishing you well.

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  • ccsmod10
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    RE: I want to run away but im scared...

    Hello there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us. We understand that it must be difficult for you to have this much responsibility and feel like you have no time for yourself. It seems like you have established a plan but not comfortable enough to leave just yet. If you feel that you do not have the courage to leave, some things to take into consideration may be picturing what your household would look like if you left. We want you to feel confident in the decision you make and feel safe while doing so. Have you tried talking with your mom about how she makes you feel? Is family counseling an option? If you want to talk more about this, please call us so that we can help you work through this difficult time. We’re 24/7 so you can call us at any time. We wish you the best of luck.

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    Guest started a topic I want to runaway but im scared...

    I want to runaway but im scared...

    I've been planning to runaway from home for awhile and i have a plan and all i just have to get the courage to leave. I don't wan't my mother to send the cops looking for me because im 17 and i only feel 7. My mother keeps me locked up and i don't get to go out much. Im basically the made and babysitter at home, and when Im left alone i get questioned about everything i do. I have no privacy. The only time i have it is if im sleep or if im at school. When i runaway i know where im going, the place im living, and who im staying with. I just want to be happy and live my life instead of sitting at home constantly upset and depressed.
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